Thursday, October 13, 2011

Johnny English Reborn South Africa Release Review


by Ailsa Windsor

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, 
Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Ben Miller, 
Richard Schiff, Daniel Kaluuya

This time around, not only does Johnny have a 
‘conscience’, but is a much more rounded character. 
Yes, there is the slapstick for which Rowan Atkinson 
is so well known, however, it slots so well into the plot.
For those who do not know how the lead character 
came to be: Between 1992 and 1997, Rowan was
featured in a series of popular British credit card
commercials in which he played an accident-prone spy. 
It was at that time he had the idea to create a feature 
film based on the character from the advertisement... 
thus the birth of Johnny English.
Now Johnny returns to the screens for the second 
time and he’s just as hapless as the last, but as mentioned 
above he takes responsibility for having ‘mucked up’ 
and has acquired skills of ‘mastering his mind’. Atkinson 
adds: “I have always enjoyed playing him 
[Johnny English], with his smugness and capacity to 
overreach and to overestimate his skills. There is something 
inherently amusing about him. I feel very comfortable 
with all the characters I play, whether it’s Mr Bean or a 
character like Johnny English. I slip back into them with 
great ease.”
In his latest adventure, Johnny is re-instated as a member 
of MI-17 tasked with preventing the assassination of the 
Chinese premier. As he uncovers a dastardly plot involving 
the CIA, KGB and MI-17 he discovers that the last incident 
which resulted in his dismissal wasn’t really his fault at all.
There’s plenty for everyone from those who enjoy the 
adventure, girls and gadgets akin to James Bond to the 
bumbling, hilarious antics associated with Rowan Atkinson.

All-in-all a great trip to the cinema!

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